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Upcoming Events

Rise Above productions let you become immersed in the theatre in a way like you have never experienced before. Please check below for our list of future productions that will let you become a part of a magical journey. ALL shows are performed at our beautiful new Rise Above Centre located right next to Cinebistro at 3501 S. Tamiami Trail Suite 1005 – Sarasota, FL 34239.


The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee 

Dates: October 15-17 & 22-24

Tickets On Sale: August 19 @ 9:00am

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Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this bee is one unforgettable experience.

An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.

A riotous ride, complete with audience participation, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a delightful den of comedic genius. The small cast and unit set make this a perfect option for high schools or community theatres. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a fast-paced crowd pleaser and an instant theatre patron favorite.

This show has a Family Rating of PG-13 for Language and Content


Cinderella

Dates: January 20-23 & 27-30, 2022  

Tickets On Sale: October 15, 2021 @ 9:00am

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Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella is the new Broadway adaptation of the classic musical. This contemporary take on the classic tale features Rodgers & Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” alongside an up-to-date, hilarious and romantic libretto by Tony Award nominee Douglas Carter Beane.

This show has a Family Rating of G and is suitable for all ages.


Seussical

Dates: March 24-27 & March 31-April 3, 2022

Tickets On Sale: January 20, 2022 @ 9:00am

Auditions: Saturday, January 15, 2022 9:00-4:00
For Seussical, auditions are only available to past Rise Above performers or members of our Show Choir.

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The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust that contains the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many “thinks.” Horton faces a double challenge: not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.

This show has a Family Rating of G and is suitable for all ages.

 


Legally Blonde

Dates: May 12-15 & 19-22, 2022

Tickets On Sale: January 20, 2022 @ 9:00am

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Elle Woods appears to have it all. Her life is turned upside down when her boyfriend Warner dumps her so he can attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Elle ingeniously charms her way into the prestigious law school. While there, she struggles with peers, professors and her ex. With the support of some new friends, though, Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world.

This show has a Family Rating of PG-13 for language and content